A federal judge recently ruled that Georgia had illegally taken more water from Lake Lanier than was permitted under the federal law that authorized creation of the lake. Much of this water was used to supply drinking water to Atlanta.
The court gave Georgia three years to negotiate new allocations with Alabama and Florida. Alternatively, Congress may set new allocations by law.
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